AN UP-AND-COMING folk trio are heading to Stroud next month as part of their 16-date UK tour in September.

The Magpies will be playing at the Prince Albert in Rodborough on Thursday, September 2.

Following the success of their first album, Tidings, last year, this September will see the trio return to the road, with a tour including dates in Cardiff, Newcastle and London as well as Stroud.

Three accomplished musicians in their own right, The Magpies is a combination far greater than the sum of its parts. Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winning guitarist, banjo-player and singer Bella Gaffney, clawhammer banjo player and singer Kate Griffin and acclaimed fiddle-player and tunesmith Holly Brandon draw on their wide-ranging influences to create a unique blend of transatlantic folk.

During their short career the trio have played at some of the UK’s most prestigious festivals, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Shambala, to name a few. They have toured in The Republic of Ireland and played at Costa Del Folk in Portugal and Folk Alliance International (Canada).

Audiences can expect an eclectic variety of material, from Celtic to Americana, traditional to modern folk.

The Magpies’ debut album - Tidings - was released in June 2020 to critical acclaim: ‘effervescent’ (The Sunday Times), ‘folk with finesse’ (The Daily Mail), ‘check that album out’ (BBC Radio 2).

The album explores uniquely female experiences in unpredictable and surprising ways.

Tickets for The Magpies’ autumn tour are available from